Melissa Macleod

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected works for sale Artist's CV



Melissa Macleod (b.1973) lives in New Brighton, Christchurch. She is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily across sculpture, photography and performance. She has exhibited in numerous New Zealand galleries and artist run spaces such as the High Street Project, Teststrip, Hirschfeld Gallery,The Physics Room, and also in Japan while on a Creative New Zealand Emergent Artist Grant. Her recent work examines issues surrounding the Eastern Christchurch community where she lives, addressing the marginalisation of this area, and responding to environmental impacts.


2016    Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Distinction, University of Canterbury
2008   Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Christchurch College of Education
1996    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture), University of Canterbury

Awards and Scholarships

2021    Olivia Spencer Bower Art Award
2019    Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award, Ashburton Art Gallery
2017    University Masters Prize, University of Canterbury
2015/16  Sir Robertson Stewart Scholarship
2015    Select Drawing Award, University of Canterbury
2014    Masters Study Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2014    Jane Rounick Memorial Award
1997    Ethel Susan Jones, Fine Arts Traveling Scholarship, University of Canterbury
1997    Creative New Zealand Emergent Artist Grant
1995    Jane Rounick Memorial Award
1995    Rosemary Johnson Muller Scholarship
1995    Friends of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery Scholarship


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020-21 on an east wind. Public Art work. SCAPE Public Art Season 2020, Christchurch
2020   The Trappings of Ghosts. Installation. Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton
2018    Overlay. Installation, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2017    Salt of the Earth. Public Sculpture.The Physics Room, Christchurch
2016    Dry Run. Performance. New Brighton Estuary, Christchurch
2015    Raft. Public performance. CBD, Christchurch
2015    Ark. Installation. SOFA, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury
2002   Reinforcing. Installation in 11 shop windows. CBD, Auckland
1996    Whtt. Installation in 13 rooms. High Street Project, Christchurch
1996    Untitled. Installation. Teststrip, Auckland
1996    Rock your World. Installation.The Physics Room, Christchurch
1995    Goodbye. Performance. Ilam School of Fine Arts Gallery, University of Canterbury
1995    Desperately Seeking. Installation. High Street Project, Christchurch

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021    Recent Photographs, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2020-21 Te Wheke, The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
2019    The Head and The Heart, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2019    ZAFFA Awards Exhibition, Ashburton Art gallery, Canterbury
2018    Rock and Roll, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2017    Parkin Drawing Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
2016/17 Precarious Nature. CoCA, Christchurch
2016    Mass and Pattern, Johnathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2016    Parkin Drawing Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
2015    Select Award. SOFA, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
2014    Oculus. Magazine/ page work. University of Canterbury Publication
2000   Suu No.2 (to suck air). Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington
1998    Suu (to suck air). Praha Associates, Japan
1995    Re-loading. Installation in an old wool store, Christchurch

Selected Publications / Media

Art Zone, Spring 2021, Issue# 88
RNZ, Standing Room Only, interview by Lynn Freeman, 2021
Art New Zealand, Winter 2020, Issue #174, review by Grant Banbury
Te Wheke Pathways Across Oceania, 2020, text by Felicity Milburn
Artbeat, May 2020, Issue #17, text by Warren Feeney
Femisphere, 2018, Issue #2
Art News, 2018, text by Andrew Paul Wood
Physics Room Publication, 2018, essay and interview by Jamie Hanton
Bulletin, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Bulletin Artist Page (2017), essay by Lara Strongman
MFA Publication/ Catalogue, Shifting Water, 2016, essay by Renata Hopkins   
Christchurch Press, 2015, review by Warren Feeney
Oculus, 2014, University of Canterbury Publication
Art New Zealand, 1996, review by Justin Paton
Art and Text, 1996, review by Jonathan Bywater
Monica, The Physics Room Journal, 1995/1996, essay by Joyce Campbell